The Peninsula hockey season got off to a smashing start Saturday night in Soldotna, as the revamped Peninsula Mic Macs took to the Ice against the Mi/SWACO Flyers of Anchorage.
Branden Carlson led the Mic Macs with 2 goals, and Jeremy Downs, Tim Newby and Ian Tracy added scores as the Mic Macs pulled off the 5-3 win.
Mic Mac coach Rick Richardson said he was happy with the team's first performance of the year, considering the roster came together in the past 10 days.
"This all came together in a week in a half," Richardson said.
2003-04 Peninsula Mic Macs
# Name Pos
18 Brett Hass F
10 Jess Richardson F
16 Branden Carlson F
11 Jermey Downs D
12 Jack Darsey D
1 Nick Wirz G
15 Johnny Bea F
17 Eric Downs F
7 Wayne Maxwell F
9 Scott Sheldon D
8 Branden Fortney F
60 Kyle Howell F
6 Ian Tracy F
2 Tim Newby D
5 Boon Hall F
4 Tim Flanders F
14 Nick Souminen F
3 Anthony Zurfluh
31 Kenny Bishop
Coach: Rick Richardson
For such short notice, the Mic Macs have amassed a young, potent team filled with some of the area's top men's skaters. Included on the roster are a many names familiar to peninsula hockey fans, including several players who have played at the college and professional level.
Richardson said he expects a number of players to make significant contributions this year.
"We've got a lot of ex-pro and ex-college guys," he said.
Carlson, who played college hockey at UAA and the University of North Dakota, as well as professional hockey in Germany, said he expects the Mic Macs to bring a crisp, aggressive style of hockey to the peninsula.
"I'm just liking coming down to a small town hockey community," Carlson said. "I hope we can let some of the young guys see some other kind of hockey down here."
In addition to those players who scored Saturday, Richardson said he also expects players like ex-Anchorage Aces player Anthony Zurfluh, Johnny Bea and Jess Richardson to fuel the team's offense.
The Mic Macs didn't disappoint their fans Saturday against Anchorage, as Carlson got two quick first period goals, including one on a penalty shot.
The first period also featured the first of two brief scuffles that had fans pounding on the high Sports Center glass.
"We try to keep (the fighting) down," Richardson said. "But that's just part of the game."
Fans will have plenty of chances to catch the Mic Macs this season, as they've already scheduled five weekend series against teams from Anchorage and the Mat-Su area.
"And we're going to try to get two more," Richardson said.
Next up for the Mic Macs will be the Wasilla Thunder both Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Carlson said he expects the Mic Macs to improve their level of play as the team gets more experience playing together.
"We haven't quite got the cobwebs out yet," he said. "I'm just looking forward to getting in shape and showing the people around here some good hockey."
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